5 Faves – Kerry’s Picks for Camping Gear

Jay shared her 5 Faves for Camping. Here are mine:


1. Camp chair – My childhood friend, Shayne once said that having a good camp chair at the end of a long day of hiking or paddling is as important as a good tent. I agree. It took me a while to find it.  Thanks to fellow Babe, Stacy, who had the REI FlexLite camp chair at our first Babes retreat, I found my dream sit. Small enough to fit in my rear hatch, yet really sturdy and comfortable, the FlexLite travels everywhere with me. The FlexLite sells for about $72.50, but I got lucky, and got it for about $45, when REI had one of its frequent sales.

2. Camp shoes – Nothing feels better after a day on the water than putting my very damp feet into a warm, dry pair of  shoes. 20150509_175933I like mine soft, like a slipper, yet hard soled, so I can walk on rough terrain. These suede moccasins from Minnetonka fit the bill. Easily stored and very comfortable, you can find them in almost any shoe store. While I bought mine at a neighborhood shoe store, I see them all the time at Famous Footwear for about $45 or less.



3. Nano Puff Pullover – These are just awesome, and very pretty. Water and wind resistant, lightweight, but warm, these little Patagonia pullovers of many colors are the boss.20150509_175754 When not being worn to shake off the chill, they can double as a nice, fluffy, camp pillow. A little pricey at $165, I have successfully purchased all four of mine for vastly less. Just Google Nano Puff pullover, and hunt them down. It’s totally worth the search….

4. Fire Starter Kindling Kit– I’ve had mine since I was 22 years old. That’s more than 30 years. Thanks to a camping mentor of mine, Ernie Schmidt, I had the joy, of one time, starting a camp fire with flint and steel. I still have that steel in my kit, along with kindling, matches and a lighter. One never knows when one might need a warm fire to dry wet paddling gear. 20150509_174348




5. Stainless Steel Mini Cookware – I found this cute little mini set – pot and kettle from MSR Seagull – at a local outfitters in the Adirondacks last summer. Fantastic! The pot has a great attached handle that folds up nice and neat, which makes it easy to store in my day hatch. The kettle – well it’s just cute! I can’t remember what I paid for the pair, $40 comes to mind, but they are now all I take with me for cooking when I camp. 20150509_173907

So, these are my 5 Faves. What are yours? Kerry

— Kerry Pflugh

Series 2: Correct Equipment for Women – Paddlers Part 2: Selecting a Paddle


I think I was paddling for about three years, when one day, after a few hours on the water, I noticed my wrists were hurting – badly. I had had some ache before, but this time it was really noticeable. Over the next several months, the ache got worse. I started to think it was paddling, and that maybe this wasn’t the sport for me. Thankfully, later that same year, I attended a symposium where my friend and kayaking mentor, Danny Mongno literally took the paddle I was using from my hands, and handed me a Werner Cyprus. He said, “paddle with it for the week and let me know what you think.”  The rest shall we say is history.  I have had my Cyprus ever since.

But this post isn’t about how great my Cyprus is (even though I think it is). Nor is it intended to be an advertisement for Werner (even though I think they are the best paddles you can buy). It’s about how to pick the best paddle for you.

As in any sport, having the correct equipment is essential.  My experience with the wrong paddle taught me that there are four critical elements in selecting a paddle: length, shaft diameter, blade type and size, and the weight of the paddle.

I’m not sure why it is, but it seems whenever you get a kayak “package deal” from a sports store or outfitter, the paddle they throw in is a length of 220 cm. It must be based on average height or something, but I have met more women my size – 5’3”  – using that length paddle and complaining that their shoulders hurt; they have trouble with their forward stroke, or it just feels wrong. Well, if you’re my height and in a kayak that’s about 22” wide, it wrong for you. It’s too long.

The general rule of thumb when selecting a paddle length best suited for you is – base it on your height and the width of your kayak. For me, with a height of 5’3” and a kayak width of 22”, the correct paddle length is 205 cm.
Of course just like selecting a kayak, you should paddle with a couple of different lengths to be sure it is comfortable. I have one friend who is my height and has the same boat width as mine. She paddles with a 210 cm and is very happy with it and has a beautiful forward stroke.

There are a lot of great paddles and paddle companies out there I expect, but for me, Werner Paddles is top of the line. One reason I love Werner, aside from the great quality of their product, is they have a great fit guide to assist you in selecting a paddle length. If you visit their website: www.wernerpaddles.com/fit-guide/ you will find their guide. Check it out. No matter how short or tall you may be or what the width of your kayak is, the system will help you find the paddle length for you. Try it out. It works.

I’m going out on a bit of a limb here when I say there are essentially two paddle blade types – a high angle blade and a low angle blade. Those who race will object, but we’re not talking about racing here. And our traditional paddlers might also want to weigh in and of course there is the white water paddler and paddles. But in this blog we are talking about Euro paddles to be used by sea kayakers.

A high angle paddle blade20150322_140055 tends to be shorter and wider than the low angle paddle blade20150322_140043 which is more elongated and thinner.

What’s the difference in terms of paddling?
A high angle paddle is designed to take a bigger bite out of the water. Your stroke originates at eyebrow level and the paddle is placed deeper in the water and very close to the kayak. A low angle paddle blade is longer and displaces water over the length of the blade. Execution of the forward stroke begins at the chin or shoulder level and tends to be less deep and wider than a high angle forward stroke. (But more on the forward stroke in another blog) A specific paddle or paddling style should not be viewed as better or worse than the other. The blade you select should be suitable to your boat, your body and your comfort in paddling. It’s important to try out the two styles of paddles (and paddling) and be sure you match the paddle with your stroke style. It will be very uncomfortable and not very efficient to be using a high angle paddle if you are a low angle paddler and vice versa.

One final point about paddle blades is that they come in different materials. Material type impacts both flexibility versus stiffness of the blade as well as weight. Some of the materials you will find are nylon – most flexible and heaviest but really durable; fiberglass more stiff, really sturdy and much lighter; carbon – very stiff and very light, and carbon foam filled – stiff and extremely light. You should also be aware that the lighter the material the more expensive the paddle.

I never would have believed that the diameter of the paddle shaft could make such a difference in my paddling comfort and stamina, but it does. When I first started paddling I had a paddle with a standard diameter. I didn’t think anything of it. I just paddled. Over time, as I said, my wrists really hurt. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I started to wear gloves thinking that would help. It didn’t. It wasn’t until Danny handed me that Cyprus that I understood. Not only was it lighter and shorter but the shaft size was smaller. I have small hands, so that few centimeters of thickness between the standard shaft and the small shaft, really made a difference. In fact, it mattered so much, that when I had a custom Greenland paddle built for me, I measured the Werner shaft so the Greenland paddle had similar dimensions.

The other consideration when selecting a shaft is straight versus bent. 20150322_133716 The advantage of the bent shaft paddle is that you know the position and placement of your hands. The function of the bent shaft paddle is to keep your wrist better aligned with your forearm at the beginning of your forward stroke. Some also claim that a bent shaft is better for people who have had wrist injuries.

For me, it’s the straight small diameter shaft. I have had no wrist pain or injuries and I know where my hand placement should be. I also find the straight shaft less restrictive than the bent shaft. I like being able to move my hands on the shaft if I feel I need to for whatever reason.

The two other items you will find on a shaft are drip guards and the ferrule. The drip guards are there to help keep water of the shaft and make it less slippery. I tend to use them to remind me of my hand placement on the shaft. The ferrule 2015-03-22 14.03.04 is basically the attachment system of the paddle. Some paddles have big bulgy ferrules on them. They are not only ugly, but very distracting and heavy looking, as far as I am concerned. What I like about the Werner ferrule is that it is internal, and the shaft remains smooth, neat and attractive.

I have an instructor friend who, whenever she is asked about paddles, the first thing she talks about is weight. She’s not wrong to start here. The weight of the paddle is very important. There are so many people using paddles that weigh way more than they should. I am convinced it’s also why people can’t last on long paddles, shoulders and wrist are injured and the sport is eventually abandoned. I also think it’s why so many people love Greenland paddles. It’s like a breath of fresh air when you hold one. But you can have the same experience when you hold the correct Euro paddle. The key is don’t buy anything that isn’t made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, or wood such as Cedar. It’s just not worth it. And for those on tight budgets, once you know your correct paddle length and blade, shop around for a good sale or buy used from a respectable kayaking club website. I’m telling you the lighter the weight of the paddle, the less pain and injury you will suffer.

Keep in mind, when we paddle, we are moving a lot of heavy water every time we stroke. Yes, good body position and proper stroke technique is key to preventing shoulder and wrist injuries, but so is paddle weight. Invest in a good light paddle and you will go far and fast and reduce the potential for injury.

Had I not learned how important it is to size a paddle to my body and kayak, and think about the weight of the paddle, I either would have damaged my wrists and possibly my shoulders, or I might have given up the sport altogether. Don’t wait (and suffer) as long as I did. In all sports, you need the correct equipment. Having the correct paddle for you matters to your paddling technique and to your health. kerry

— Kerry Pflugh

A Brief History of False Cape

Essential kayak navigation tools

Part 2 of 3 in our series on journeying

  • False Cape got its name from its resemblance to Cape Henry. When viewed from the ocean, ship captains mistook it for the real Cape Henry running aground many a ship in its shallow waters. As a consequence, False Cape is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic“.
  • A community called Wash Woods, was established by some survivors of a shipwreck around the 16th or early 17th century.
  • In more recent history, False Cape became a popular location for a number of hunt clubs because of its plentiful waterfowl.
  • Now a state park, False Cape is a destination for kayakers navigating its remote and pristine shorelines.00040washwoodcemetery

For more False Cape history, join us on our navigation and primitive camping trip, A Paddle Through Time. Kerry

— Kerry Pflugh

Werner Paddles Sponsors Babes with Blades

We are pleased to announce that Werner Paddles is supporting Babes with Blades by donating five Tybee FG paddles, one each, to be awarded to one lucky Babe at each of our five retreats. tybee_fg_right_face_01The Tybee FG is a great spare paddle for expedition or coastal play paddling. Its fiberglass reinforced blades are impact and wear resistant and the shaft is constructed of Werner’s signature carbon material. This makes the Tybee FG lighter than your average paddle as well as durable.


The best part of the paddle award is that the lucky Babe who wins the Tybee FG will given a gift certificate that entitles you to a custom fit paddle.  This means that the length and paddle shaft diameter will be designed to fit you.  For more information on the Tybee FG and Werner Paddles, visit: http://wernerpaddles.com/paddles/touring/high-angle/tybee-fg.  Thank you Werner Paddles for your support of Babes with Blades!

 Kerry’s next blog post: How to Select a Paddle!

— Kerry Pflugh

Series 2:Correct Equipment for Women Paddlers – Part 1: Tips for Kayak Selection

Having the correct equipment can make or break your kayaking experience. There are so many things to consider-models, makes, and fit. This series will provide tips for women on how to select two of the most important pieces of equipment your Kayak and Paddle and most importantly how to ensure a good fit with both. We will also talk about the never ending challenge of putting your kayak on top of your car.
Part 1 Selecting a Kayak

Over the years I have had a lot of people ask me what kayak I would recommend to them, or whether I thought a particular kayak was a good one to buy. At first I would spend time talking about the latest in makes and models or the various features of the kayak they were interested in. But I quickly learned that the most important response to these questions is another question: “what kind of kayaking do you plan to do?” Quickly followed by, “Where do you plan to kayak?”
I usually get a sort of confused look. Then they kinda smile. Finally, when they realize I’m serious and actually waiting for a reply, I usually get, “well, you know around here.” or “what do you mean what kind of kayaking do I plan to do?” And then the conversation begins.

There are four important considerations when selecting a kayak: the type of paddling you will be doing; the material of the kayak – plastic or composite; fit (probably the most important frankly), and budget.

What type of paddling you plan to do
Before opening a catalog or visiting a website or stopping in at outfitter to look at kayaks, seriously think about the kind of kayaking you want to do — where are you most likely to spend your time paddling? what conditions are you likely to encounter on this waterway? And if you choose to venture beyond your home waters, what kind of water will you visit? Do you want to surf, race, tour, expedition, roll, rock garden, paddle on quiet lakes or the back bays of our estuaries? Or do it all?
The answer to these questions will begin to focus your search. For example, a great rolling kayak is a Tahe Marine Greenlander. FB_IMG_1423423354428-1 A great racing kayak is an Epic. A wonderful surf kayak is a Delphin, and a great expedition kayak is an NDK Explorer. Knowing the kind of kayaking you do or want to do leads you toward a specific type of kayak that is suitable to your needs.

Composite or Plastic
A plastic sea kayak (not those bathtubs they sell at Dick’s or Target) are a great alternative to a glass boat. While they may not be as fast and can be heavy, they are durable, resist cracking and punctures and depending on length, have enough room for camping. Some are even designed for surfing like the Delphin. I have a Current Design Squamish RM Squamish (1)that I love for rock gardening and river running.
The best part about a plastic kayak is that you don’t need to treat it like an orchard. Having said that, it’s best not to keep them in the sun when not in use or tightly strapped down on a rack for an extended period. I have friends who have done this and unfortunately, serious depressions occurred in the plastic. While there are techniques to remove these “holes”, in reality it’s pretty difficult to reshape the plastic once the damage has been done.

My first kayak was made of Kevlar. It was an Impex Mystic. I bought the boat largely because it was light and I wanted to lift and carry the boat unassisted. If you can afford Kevlar, it’s a dream from a weight perspective and boy do they glide across the water. But I wouldn’t recommend a Kevlar boat for rocky or rough landings or launch sites. Damage to kevlar is difficult and costly to repair.

Most of the people I paddle with have fiberglass boats. Me too. Fiberglass seems to me the best of all worlds. While it isn’t as durable as plastic or light as Kevlar or carbon, it is easily repaired for the most part; its smooth surface allows it to glide across the water much like Kevlar and carbon, and it’s fast. I have an NDK Pilgrim Expedition. IMG_1944 It’s fiberglass boat and I use it in all water types—surf, flat water, rocky shores, rock gardening, touring and camping. It’s my go to boat and I love it. But I have learned (the hard way) it’s best to go plastic when I rock garden.

I compare the fit of a kayak to be much like the fit of a good pair of jeans. You want it to fit your shape and size, respond to your every move, feel comfortable and look awesome. To ensure such a fit, there are three points of contact that a paddler must have in their kayak – feet to the foot pegs or bulk head; thighs at the thigh braces, and back in contact with the back rest. It is important that each of these three points are a snug fit without being too tight. A snug fit will give you control over your boat and you will be able to execute a strong and efficient forward stroke, roll easily and manage your kayak in wind and other conditions. If it is too tight a fit you will be miserable and all your skills will go out the window. If the fit is loose, the kayak will control you and you will have trouble with your strokes, managing the wind and forget about rolling. One additional critical point about fit is to check the manufacturer’s weight range for a particular boat. If you are above or below the range, that kayak is not best suited for you.

Buying a new kayak can be a huge investment, so if new is what you want, start saving your pennies. A new fiberglass sea kayak usually runs between $3,000 – $4,000. Sticker shock usually directs most people to a plastic kayak of some type. But even a good new plastic sea kayak can cost between $1,000-$2,000.
You can find really great used fiberglass and plastic kayaks for much less on Craig’s list or better yet on many kayak club websites. Paddling.net also has some great deals on used kayaks. However, no matter what your budget is or whether you decide to go new or used, never buy a kayak until you have figured out what make and model fits you best. Sit in it and better yet paddle it. Remember, like a good fitting pair of jeans, you need to try it on before you know if it’s right for you.

— Kerry Pflugh

Keeping Warm, Pt. 10: Kayak shoes!

Keeping Warm, Pt. 10: Kayak shoes!

Why is it that shoes are so exciting? I think it’s because our feet don’t get fat. We may not fit into our favorite jeans from high school anymore, but we can still wear our buffalo platforms (remember them? We wore them with Brittania jeans with leather pocket details).

Returning to the 21st century, let’s talk about kayak shoes.

Tevas & similar sandals

Teva sandals, popular with kayakers

The popular kayaker sandal by Teva

Most people wear sandals, like Tevas. I don’t have a pair of these so I can’t speak from personal experience, but judging on the number of paddlers who do wear them, I guess they’re good. They’re certainly quick-drying and cool. Some people worry about the straps getting caught on a foot peg in the case of a capsize, but I think the actuality of that happening depends a lot on the type of paddling a person does.


What is not to love? You don’t have to look at them–they’re under your deck. Personally, I sort of adore these shoes, but I also love Uggs. So, yeah, I have questionable taste. It’s not a secret, the world has eyes.

Here’s what is good about Crocs: They are easy to keep clean and fresh, knock-offs are very cheap, they float, they come in great colors, and they last until the strap breaks. I like the somewhat stiff and cushiony sole because I push hard against the foot pegs and these keep my feet from hurting. This, however, is my favorite thing

Paddling shoes you love to hate

Comfy, hygienic, great colors, and you can wash them in the dishwasher!

about Crocs: they can be washed in the dishwasher. A shoe that can be washed in the dishwasher is awesome.

Here’s what’s bad about them: For me, at least, the strap around the back of the ankle can be uncomfortable on long journeys. However, the dishwasher factor outweighs the strap irritation.


Five Fingers

I love these shoes. You may be sensing a theme. I really like ugly

Vibram Five Fingers, kayak-friendly & stylish

Coolest shoes ever? Why, yes, they are!

shoes. I want to look like a cartoon from the ankles down. Anyway, these shoes have many benefits. First, they’re hilarious. Second, perfect strangers will point and laugh at you on the street (this has actually happened to me). Third, they’re really comfortable once you get used to them. Fourth, they dry quickly. Fifth, they can go in the clothes washer (not the dishwasher). Sixth, they last pretty long. I’ve had mine for about 4 years and they’re only just beginning to come apart. If you do Crossfit or lift weights, they’ll do double-duty in your sports gear footwear wardrobe. The only downside of them is that not everyone wants to be pointed and laughed at on the street. Plus, they’re not cheap at about $80. Also, you can’t really buy them online. You have to try them on in person. I had to buy them to fit the length of my toes, not the size of my feet.

Actual kayak shoes & scuba booties

Can’t complain about these. They were the first kayak shoes I

NRS paddler shoes

Reliable, affordable, & easy on the eyes

bought and my first pair is still holding up after 5+ years of heavy use. They’re affordable, sturdy, and not too ugly (that’s their main downside). I’d like the sole to be a little stiffer. They let my feet hurt on a long journey, but for most trips, they’re good shoes.


Kayak boots on steroids

NRS kayak boots

These bomb-proof boots are suitable or the apocalypse.

I love these NRS boots. There’s a more expensive version that’s used by British SAS and Navy Seals, but these do the job. I like them because the sole is stiff and they’re great for long journeys and also for short hikes and climbing over slippery rocks. The inset strap is adjustable, so you can make them fit comfortably. They’re sturdy and they look fine. So I recommend these without reservation.

Tall boots

I really like the way these types of boots look. I feel like a superhero

NRS neoprene boots

Best for canoeing

in my Chota Mukluks. However, they do fill up with water if you swim. They’re good for days when the chances of a capsize are low and you have to step into cold water to get into your kayak. As long as the water is lower than the top of the boot, these really are waterproof. I tend to wear mine mostly for canoeing, & I recommend them highly for that.

And that’s the scoop on footwear for paddlers. I’ve missed a bunch of types, I’m sure. What do you recommend and why?

— Jay Gitomer

Brrr! How to enjoy the cold?

 Image credit:  Courtesy Kongsfjord International Scuba School

Image credit: Courtesy Kongsfjord International Scuba School

Check out this advice from a Arctic scuba diver. I would not want this guy’s job!

I do not have the mindset of that tough Norwegian diver. If I have to wear 15 lbs of clothing under my dry suit, I feel like I can’t move in my boat & I’m just uncomfortable.

What do you think about paddling in the winter? Can any amount of clothing make up for icy hands & chilly thighs?

— Jay Gitomer

Keeping Warm (& looking good), Pt. 9: Shopping Sources

It’s easy to walk into REI and drop a bundle on cute rashguards and such. But where the fun in that? Where is the challenge? There are better prices and a better selection in other departments. Women’s bike clothes are mostly suitable for paddling, and you can find cuter styles at better prices. Ditto for yoga clothes. So shop widely.

Here are a few links to places that have that sort of thing at good prices. For those who like to shop in person, don’t overlook the big box stores; Target and, yes, Walmart have some nice styles. And depending on your neighborhood, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Burlington Coat Factory often have large activewear sections. Also, since we’re always on the highway going to one paddling adventure to another, we pass lots of activewear outlets. Build in shopping time to score some bargains on the road. This is easier to do if you’re driving with female paddling partners. Did I even need to type that?

6pm: www.6pm.com

Great prices. They carry Roxy, Columbia, North Face, and lots of other stuff. The sales are great.

Swim Outlet: swimoutlet.com

Some bargains. Great selection of all the cool women’s outdoor brands, including Roxy and Shebeest.

Activewear USA: http://www.activewearusa.com/

Click on the link to On Sale. The other prices aren’t great. The selection is good, though.



— Jay Gitomer

Keeping Warm and Safe, Pt. 8: Helmets

I bought my first helmet nearly 10 years ago and never gave much thought to it. I was at a symposium and was signed up for an intro to surf class and the class required a helmet. I went to the outfitter nearby and pulled a blue one off the shelf (my kayak was blue and I wanted to match). I pulled it over my head. It fit and I bought it. Fortunately, I got lucky. Unbeknownst to me, I bought a whitewater helmet that was well padded, comfortable, had ear covers, and provided complete head protection – a feature I really like.

So now that I know more about kayaking and paddling in surf and other rough water conditions, how would I go about selecting a helmet? In other words, what features are essential when selecting a helmet?

Basically, there are two types of helmets to choose from and three primary features you should consider.

The two main helmet types are – a full cut helmet 20150119_151420(my preference) where the head is fully covered-ears and temples, or the half cut helmet 52da51e3__SDHCDUOGW.LEFTwhich sits on top of the head and doesn’t cover the ears or temples. The latter tends to be more comfortable and looser fitting and from my point of view is much prettier. The former provides greater coverage and for us risk-averse Babes seems safer. Having said this however, I see half cut helmets being worn by white water paddlers and sea kayak surfers alike.

The three critical helmet features to consider regardless of helmet type are: the material of the outer shell; the interior lining or padding, and the strap system to keep it on your head. Let’s start with the outer shell.

At the time of my helmet purchase nearly 10 years ago, most of the helmets were made of a hard plastic. Today, you can get them in plastic, carbon, kevlar, carbon kevlar. You name it. And the styles and shapes are countless.

When selecting your helmet’s shell, think about where you will be paddling and from what you need to protect your head. Helmets made from carbon and Kevlar are the strongest and hardest material while plastic is less so.

While my uneducated purchase of a whitewater helmet years ago was a good choice in terms of head coverage, the outer shell is made of plastic, so it probably doesn’t afford me the best protection in severe conditions. Even though, it has served me well and I have had no problems (cracks, chips, etc.) and most importantly head injuries. However, as I have evolved as a paddler and find myself in more extreme conditions, I find myself in the market for a helmet with a stronger shell.

The second element of the helmet is the padding or liner. The lining is really important because if you have the unfortunate experience of actually banging your head (unpleasant to say the least) you want to make sure that the liner will absorb the shock and direct it away from your head to the shell. According to experts, there are two types of lining in a helmet – the foam that rests against the shell which is responsible for redirecting shock from any impact and the softer inner layer that touches your head.

When it comes to fit you want a helmet with a snug fit but not a tight fit. If it feels like it’s squeezing you, it’s too tight. If it feels like you can spin it, it’s too loose. A good fit is when the liner is slightly compressed with no space between your head and the foam.

The third element of the helmet is the strap system. In my experience this is just as important as the shell and lining. Make sure your straps fit nice and flat against the side of your face and that the buckle and adjustment system are easy to manipulate so it gives you a nice snug fit. Although, most buckles are made of plastic, make sure it is not the cheaper brittle kind of plastic that could easily break or over time become affected by use and not hold a clasp. I can tell you there is nothing more nerve wracking than to feel your helmet slip backwards off your head as you are about to take a wave or just as scary, feel that the buckle is not securely fastened.

Finally, there is another element that is frequently a consideration for us Babes. That is the fashion element, specifically – color and style. There are a multitude of companies out there now that offer all sorts of styles and colors. Some helmets even come with glitter. My latest favorite helmet company is Shred Ready: shredready.com. I like them not only because they offer a multitude of helmets types for kayakers – style and materials, including the very sexy Vixen a0c7830b__vx_fgreen_left– their version of a women’s helmet, but also because their products are of exceptional quality, they have a helpful fit guide and they have a range of prices which gives us Babes lots of options. And we all like options!

So do some exploring. See what’s out there. These tips should help you pick the right helmet for you!

— Kerry Pflugh

New Babes class at Paddlesport 2015!

Babes with Blades is excited to introduce a new class at Jersey Paddler Paddlesport 2015 this year! The class is called The Proper Paddler: Body Mechanics for Women, and it’s going to be packed with seriously useful stuff masquerading as silliness and fun.

In the short term, proper body mechanics impact your stability, balance, and comfort in your boat. In the long term, they’re important to the health of your spine and joints. This class will show you how  your body works holistically, and how one small change has a ripple effect throughout your body.

We’ll be sitting on the floor to experiment with different grips, positions, and postures, and you’ll be able to feel the positive effects immediately.

This is an active class in which you will be trying new things and moving around. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and you’ll leave with some new good habits that you can use the next time you get into your boat.

We know a lot of you are going to be at this popular event, & we hope to see you there!

Body mechanics class for women kayakers

Did you know that a tight grip on your paddle limits your torso mobility?

— Jay Gitomer

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